The Namaste Oasis Private Residence Club has selected FractionalExchange.com for its exchange needs. Located in the Pacific northwest area of Costa Rica, this area is widely known for its surfing and its yoga retreats. It is well protected in the environmental sense, and currently remains one of the most pristine and authentic parts of Costa Rica. The Namaste property consists of two-bedroom and two bath units with an open concept living space that embraces indoor and outdoor living. All units have an open terrace, where you can watch the antics of howler monkeys in the canopy above. You have access to a state-of-the-art “floating bridge” and lushly landscaped common areas with a crystal clear pool and private deck area.
Archive for October, 2011
Ixchel Residences is now affiliated with RCI, a global leader in vacation exchange. The Ixchel Residences, located on Isla Mujeres, an island that is a world away from busy Cancun with a peaceful and laid-back lifestyle, is a popular beach destination just a 20-minute ferry ride from either Puerto Juarez or Cancun. The resort features 14 exclusive luxury villas and 117 deluxe rooms and offers several on-site amenities including a gym, heated pool, an area with lounge chairs on the beach and high-speed wireless Internet.
The Pacifico Diamante Private Residence Club will be an Interval International property. Located in Acapulco, the property will feature 200 three and four-bedroom fractional units being built in five phases during the next several years. They have been designed with a sophisticated contemporary décor and feature spacious dining and living rooms, marble floors, fully equipped gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, state-of-the-art electronics, Wi Fi Internet access, and private outdoor terraces. The complex’s modern buildings are set in manicured gardens around a central courtyard with a swimming pool and children’s splash pool. Plans call for a private beach club, restaurant, tennis courts, paddle tennis, gym, sauna, spa, and concierge service to be available upon completion of the first phase.
Club Tesoro Resorts has entered into a long-term, multi-site affiliation agreement with Interval International. The new agreement encompasses Club Tesoro in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as well as all future acquired properties. The Club Tesaro Resort resort is owned by Steadfast Properties and features room service, an on site retail shopping plaza, valet service, concierge services, a spa and salon, and amenities above and beyond the usual.
Salem, Massachusetts is the perfect place for a Halloween vacation. Salem is one of the most haunted cities in America and is an iconic witch-filled, ghost-filled town. The most haunted spot in Salem is now known as Gallows Hill Park. This is the site where the majority of accused “witches” were hung during the witch hysteria that gripped the town in 1692. Salem has been forced to embrace its tragic past, and today has turned its history of witches into its main industry. Police cars are adorned with witch logos, a local public school is known as the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, and the Salem High School football team is called the Witches. Salem is definitely a hot spot for Halloween celebrations. From October 1 through November 1 you can join the Halloween festival in everything from parades to psychic fairs to tours of haunted houses.
The Las Olas Beach Club in Cocoa Beach continues to be successful. As featured in a recent Orlando Sentinel story, this resort is completely sold out, their owners are happy, and yet it is based on the old formula from when timeshares first started in the 70s– when timeshare buyers purchased the same week in the same unit at the same resort each year. Now many timeshare companies sell points that may be exchanged for different resorts and weeks at locations around the world. Big developers such as Marriott and Wyndham have crowded out many of the old single site developers. Las Olas with its 28 units and 1,000 owners says it considers their longtime owners to be an extended family and they work with each owner to resolve ownership problems, which is one reason why they continue to be successful. The American Resort Development Association is now looking at some of the best practices of legacy resorts like the Las Olas to utilize in the big development timeshare companies.
The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has secured financing for $360 million to build a luxury resort right on Disney World property and will commence construction in December 2011. The 444-room hotel will include a rooftop restaurant with views of the Magic Kingdom and a lazy river water feature, among other amenities, and is expected to open in mid to late 2014. The project will include as many as 40 Four Seasons timeshare units and up to 90 private residences.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations properties are expanding. The Orlando based company has recently announced that a transaction has been officially closed with Summer Bays Resorts to add two new destinations to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand of resorts. The Desert Club Resort in Las Vegas and the Sunset Cove Resort in Marco Island, Florida will become Holiday Inn resorts, Sunset Cove is scheduled to join the brand in October and Desert Club Resort will join in the Spring of 2012. Both properties are “gold crown” resorts and add to six properties already under the Holiday Inn name.
The Palmyra Resort and Spa in Jamaica has joined the Registry Collection of resorts, the largest luxury exchange program in the world. Located near the Rose Hall enclave, amidst tropical landscapes and mountain scenery and just minutes from Montego Bay, the resort epitomizes a tropical paradise. The resort has its own private beach, three PGA ranked golf courses, private butler service, chef, concierge, and a premier luxury spa as well as two seafront swimming pavilions. Each residence offers great view of the Caribbean and the property’s palm-tree lined white sand beach.
Shell Vacations Club (SVC) and Interval International have announced a long-term partnership. The Illinois based SVC is a well-known independent resort developer and this agreement encompasses up to 24 SVC operated and affiliated resorts in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Shell Vacations has roughly 65,000 members who benefit from its points-based program and come January 2, 2012, all consumers will be automatically enrolled in the Interval International membership club. Shell owners will receive the year-round benefits of Interval International, and the SVC Elite members will become part of the prominent Interval Platinum level.